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Postby Beer Moon » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:26 am

Rainbow Six: Las Vegas

Wow. I am not real big on the Rainbow Six series. They always seemed like CS ripoffs to me, but I was convinced to pick this one up by the fact that it's the first Unreal 3 Engine shooter out for PC. I love me some Cliffy B.

Terrorists have attacked Vegas and you are given the job of clearing them out and sometimes saving hostages or securing other objectives.

The game is gorgeous. It runs very well on my machine - which is no slouch to be sure - but with everything turned up. I suspect many of the options are hidden from the user and enabled based on your hardware, b/c there are only a few you can control.

Smoke and particle effects are outstanding. Using smoke grenades for cover is a great strategy. Combined with the infra-red goggles, quite deadly, too!

It's a very team-oriented title, and you will not succeed if you do not direct your two teammates to carry out the proper strategy, of which there are about 5 or 6 to choose from depending on the situation. The controls took a bit to pick up w/ regards to the strategy aspect of it, but once I got them down the fights became much more managable and exciting too.

The sound effects are pretty good. I haven't paid too much attention to them. They seem realistic enough.

The visual effects are outstanding. When you get hit, your vision blurs, and the worse you are hit the more it blurs, darkens, and distorts, and the harder it gets to see. I really think this is a novel and visually assualting way to let the player know that they are going down. It's WAY better from an immersion standpoint that just staring at a healthbar go from green to red as it shrinks. Smoke/steam is some of the best I've seen. Not sure what they're going for with the explosions, but some of them aren't very impressive.

The maps are a bit on the meh side. Many map artists seem to love making stylistically consistent maps, and they went overboard imo. One in particular seems to be all of 4 shades of gray. It's a destroyed train yard. I get it. But even train cars come in more than 2 colors. As for the design of the maps, I'd say A+. There is usually more than one way through it, and one is usually easier than the rest. From rapelling down walls and buildings and elevator shafts to infiltrating the casinos that provide tons of opportunity for cover, I am really enjoying making my way through the maps and finding the best positions to take down the enemy.

Taking cover is a major part of this game. I really like how easy it is to take cover and peek around, or even fire blindly from behind cover if you want.

The weapon loadout seems ok, but many of the weapons seem very similar and I'm not sure I get the point. Maybe military gun enthusiasts will be all drooly over 6 different submachine guns with pretty much the same damage, range and accuracy specs, but I have found the 3 guns I like to use and pretty much don't bother switching. I also use the silencer almost constantly. Neato sound!!

It is a checkpoint-based game. I hate that. Passionately. Whatcha gonna do?

In spite of the fact that I am not much for realistic shooters, and I loathe checkpoint based progression, I am really enjoying this game, and as far as the Unreal 3 Engine goes, all I can say is WOW! It loads faster than Half-Life 2 (twice as fast), runs smoother, and looks very good. I won't say it looks better, but I suspect there are several options that are either hidden or unimplemented by the team that designed this game, possibly in order to make it run fast, which it does.

Highly recommended for shooter fans.

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Postby Scooterboy » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:32 pm

uwstudent wrote:
Scooterboy wrote:Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. And Jedi Outcast.

I play JA online, within a worldwide community of Jedi. We field a team in the ESL. I don't compete as I don't have the skillz for that level of competition. I mostly duel for fun, and attend classes.

Jedi Outcast I still play once in a while. It's still one of the best Single Player shooters and action games ever, IMHO. I like that these games were made right here in Madison, by the good people at Raven Software.

Newer games haven't interested me, except maybe the Halo franchise, but I've no console or TV.


Still have my old copy of JO on Gamecube. Last I checked it was going for $50+ on ebay. Considering I picked up mine for next to nothing. :) Almost tempted to sell, almost....


Pick up a copy of Jedi Academy for PC or Mac. Install the updates. Then head over to The Jedi Academy for classes, training, and fun, fun, fun. Attend classes, or commit to a Master as a Padawan learner. Compete on the Academy servers or go on the public servers and use what you've learned.

There's also a ton of cool Mods out and up and coming for JA. Movie Battles II and Knights Of The Force are total game conversions, and there are many more mods, new models and bots, and hundreds of new maps to keep the JA community active for quite some time.

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Postby Toxic Ned » Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:21 am

I'm currently playing the "Search For The Wii" game. Needless to say, it's tough finding one without going the auction route.

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Postby pjbogart » Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:13 pm

I'm a bit embarrassed to say so, but my 9 year-old nephew, who lives in Iowa City, asked me to create a character so I could play Runescape with him.

The graphics are horrendous, but the game is kind of fun (and free).

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Postby MadMind » Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:17 am

I'm playing Phantasy Star 4 on the Sega Genesis Collection for the PS2.

This is the first time PS4 has been available on anything other than it's original incarnation on the Sega Genesis. Considering when it was released in 1994 at a cost of $99 dollars at many retailers, paying $10 for the Sega Genesis Collection on sale at Circuit City was a pretty good value.
PS4 was the only one in the RPG series that I didn't have or play through, so now my traditional RPG Phantasy Star series is complete.

Funny thing is even though the game is 13 years old, I'll take the more simplistic battle system of the Phantasy Star series over the newest Final Fantasy games anyday.

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Postby StateEmp » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:15 am

Chrono Trigger ROM on my computer. I usually play good ol' PS2 games like GTA and Gran Turismo 3, but I had an urge for some classics.

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Postby jammybastard » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:17 pm

R6: Vegas

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Postby Beer Moon » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:13 pm

Finished God of War this weekend.

Broke down and bought a PS2 on ebay with a few games.

Passed my first Guitar Hero 2 song on Hard difficulty level last night too! I feel like I might as well just buy a sax and start playing again, because it's the same kind of slow-it-down wrote learning and work, and then at least I'd have something to show for my carpal tunnel!

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Postby aaronetc » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:24 pm

After about ten years of never buying it for some reason, I just got a copy of Super Mario 64 and am obsessed with it. It's so much fun that I almost want to buy a used Gamecube just to play Super Mario Sunshine.

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Postby jammybastard » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:34 pm

Beer Moon wrote:Finished God of War this weekend.

Broke down and bought a PS2 on ebay with a few games.

Passed my first Guitar Hero 2 song on Hard difficulty level last night too! I feel like I might as well just buy a sax and start playing again, because it's the same kind of slow-it-down wrote learning and work, and then at least I'd have something to show for my carpal tunnel!


Out of curiosity how much did the PS2 cost you?

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Postby curiouslystrong » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:23 pm

FFXII reminded me to \re-up my Warcraft subscription with the Expansion release. That's fun. It'll last for awhile but eventually, I'll tire of the grind.

Gears of War is still fantastic.

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Postby TAsunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:26 pm

While I was out of the country someone else got a wii for me while in line for his own. So I'm playing zelda for the wii and wii sports quite a bit. There should be a setting to make grossly exaggerated gestures required so I can burn calories playing it like I do if I play DDR.

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Postby forwardourmotto » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:10 am

Let's see:

New Super Mario Brothers (just about finished)
Brain Age
Advanced Wars: Dual Strike

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

And I'm looking forward to:

FFVI Advanced (one of my favorite games of all times)

FF Tactics Advanced (when I track the game down)

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Postby Beer Moon » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:16 pm

jammybastard wrote:
Beer Moon wrote:Finished God of War this weekend.

Broke down and bought a PS2 on ebay with a few games.

Passed my first Guitar Hero 2 song on Hard difficulty level last night too! I feel like I might as well just buy a sax and start playing again, because it's the same kind of slow-it-down wrote learning and work, and then at least I'd have something to show for my carpal tunnel!


Out of curiosity how much did the PS2 cost you?


Well it would have been cheaper, but I insisted on a slim version and that it included God of War, so after a week of e-bay shopping, it turned out to be $145 after adding the shipping cost. I got God of War, Madden 2002 (won't ever be loaded), and Dark Summit (it's no 1080 - OMFG THE LOADING SHOOT ME NOW!). It came with 2 controllers and an 8MB memory card included, all wiring from the original pack too.

It was used for like 6 months by a non smoking adult (or so he says) and I'm inclined to believe it because I've inspected it and it really looks mint to me.

I sprung separately for Guitar Hero 2. It was $70 from Newegg incl. the controller, and IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY. This game is so cool.

GH2/PS2 bundles seemed to be selling for more like $250, and I couldn't find any that didn't look beat to hell.

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Postby jammybastard » Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:41 pm

cool!
yeah, GH2 is amazing.


Here's what I've been up to:

"Kick Out The Jams" R6:Vegas style!


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